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When You Arrive for Commencement

You should plan to arrive at George R. Brown Convention Center no later than two hours before the scheduled start time for your school’s ceremony.

Upon arrival, you will enter at Exhibit Hall B3 and you will be directed to the George Bush Grand Ballroom where degree candidates will assemble before the event. Please note that your family members and guests cannot come with you to the George Bush Grand Ballroom staging area. Instead, they should go to their seats in the Commencement area, Exhibit Hall B3.

If you arrive late you will not be able to enter the Exhibit Hall B, during the processional. We will seat you once the processional is over.

Here is what you do once you arrive:

  • Stop at the check-in table located in the George Bush Ballroom entrance and pick up your name card. The card will let you know the row and seat number in the staging area that you should sit at for your school.
  • We will have people ready to help you put on your cap and gown.
  • You will then line up in the order of your school. Undergraduates line up in front of graduate students.
  • When you walk on stage, remember to bring your name card with you and do not fold it. The Commencement reader uses this to announce your name as you cross the platform.
  • Plan to stay for the entire ceremony. The ceremony will last about two hours.

Special tips:

  • Flat shoes are best for everyone. We have had people wearing high heels and cowboy boots trip on the long gowns.
  • In the George Bush Ballroom area we will have a Coat Check Table, for students only, operated by the UHCL Alumni Association.

Commencement Information

Fall 2015 Commencement
Saturday, December 19, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center

12 pm

School of Education (SOE)
School of Science and Computer Engineering (SCE)

5 pm

School of Business (BUS)
School of Human Sciences and Humanities (HSH)

Candidates may only participate in the ceremony for the school in which they are graduating.

Cap and Gown

Information for ordering your cap and gown.

Live Streaming

We will be streaming the ceremony live online, from George R. Brown Convention Center. For all your loved ones to view.

Ceremony History

UHCL had its first graduation in 1974. We have developed a timeline for you to see how far we‘ve come.
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